According to this Esquire.com article, “Crazy” is “one of the most over-covered songs of 2006.”
I guess I’ve been living under a rock because I’ve not heard any of them until today.
First: the original:
“Crazy” / Gnarls Barkley (2006)
Like every-freaking-one else, I liked this one a lot when it was first released (well, to be clear, I still do). And, like (probably?) most people, it’s Cee-Lo’s vocals that do it for me, with Danger Mouse’s beats coming in second.* But I’ve got no critical feedback here. I just like the song. Couldn’t tell you anything else on which they collaborated. Just this, played on the radio fifty times a day for two years.
And apparently it’s been covered just as much? Here’s one that I found intriguing before I even heard it:
“Crazy” / Ray LaMontagne (2006)
This one’s alright; I could take it or leave it. I do like the fact that I can actually sing along with it (Cee-Lo! How you sing so hiiiiigh?), and I do enjoy me some Mr. LaMontagne and his Magic Musical Beard…but something about the tempo at the beginning got me. Too many words, or something. Just not the same feel. But! Still fun to listen to and compare with the original, no?
*Mmmm, like how I casually tossed out that phrase? Like I’m all “chyeah, I know what I’m doing. And I say things like ‘chyeah'”? Chyeah.